Many people think of sexual harassment when they hear the phrase “hostile work environment,” but other types of harassment are illegal as well.Like sexual harassment, harassment based on race can easily lead to a workplace atmosphere that is intimidating, hostile, or abusive.

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A hostile work environment based on race can be created by the actions of members of the same race as the employee.

Employers have been held liable for race-based hostile work environments created by the actions of supervisors of the same race as the plaintiffs.

The employer’s liability for harassment based on race depends upon the role of the person or persons engaged in the illegal conduct.

If you have a concern related to discrimination in your workplace, we can help you. Such § 1981 actions may allow for additional damages that are not available under Title VII, including pain and suffering.

Workplace discrimination based on an employee’s race is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII does not protect employees from all teasing or offensive conduct, but it does protect them from conduct that is so severe or pervasive that it causes a hostile, abusive, or intimidating work environment.

Racial discrimination claims, including those based on harassment, may also sometimes be brought under the Civil Rights Act of 1866, codified at 42 U. Harassment is also prohibited when the worker’s continued employment is dependent upon the worker enduring the unwelcome conduct.

The employee’s supervisor, another supervisor, co-workers, or even non-employees may engage in conduct that leads to a hostile work environment.

Such conduct may become pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment because multiple people are involved in the behavior.

A hostile work environment may arise, for example, when an employer accommodates a customer’s request not to be served by members of a particular race.